Brazil City Guide: Manaus

Manaus, capital of Brazil’s largest state of Amazonas, is located in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, home to over 3,000 species of bird and animal life. Over 75% of Amazonas’ population of 2 million people lives in Manuas, making it the state’s economic powerhouse. The city’s economy was given a strong boost by the rubber boom at the end of the 19th century, but later floundered following the arrival of cheap Asian imports in the early part of the 20th century.

Despite its privileged position Manaus has few attractions and is used mostly as a stopover for excursions into the Amazon forest. The city’s climate is hot and humid, and during the rainy season, from January to June, there are daily downpours. Boat trips with large and small tour operators leave from the Escadaria dos Remedios Port to do jungle tours, including piranha fishing and visits to Indian communities, ranging from day trips to months of travel.

The city has its fair share of museum and cultural buildings as well as a private nature reserve called The Amazon Ecopark. The city’s famous opera house, Teatro Amazonas, built at the end of the 19th century and recently renovated, still holds opera and ballet performances. All of the material used to build the theater was shipped over from Europe and it is still one of the city’s most visited landmarks.

Other attractions are the popular river beach with a full range of amenities, including bars and restaurants, as well as the waterfalls, Cascatinha do Amor and Cachoeira do Taruma. An interesting phenomenon, not to be missed, is the Econtro das Aguas, the point where the black waters of the Rio Negro meet the clearer waters of the Rio Solimoes, which can be seen from the ferry boat which travels between Careiro and the Porto Velho highway.

The city’s nightlife is centered around Praca do Congresso at the end of Avenida Eduardo Ribeiro, while some clubs can also be found in the Cachoeirinha district.

LINKS

www.geocities.com/inaldoreis
General Information in Portuguese (English page under construction)

www.pmm.am.gov.br
In Portuguese, general tourist information

www.manausonline.com/
In Portuguese, general tourist information

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